MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA's Black Rock Fire Department is down one squad truck today following a collision with a tractor-trailer Thursday morning.
The crash occurred at 8:41 am and injured two firefighters but they are not believed to be seriously hurt. The lightweight news report from tv station WPVI doesn't tell us if the truck was responding on a call or what happened to cause the collision.
But WPVI does have a brief video report that runs two seconds longer than the commercial that precedes it HERE.
THIS PAST THURSDAY FIREGEEZER REPORTED HERE about a Poway, California, fire engine that was involved in a fatal collision earlier that morning.
All that was known at the time was that the engine was responding to a medical call with all warning devices operating when a small car with two occupants pulled into the engine's path.
The collision slammed the car into a utility pole causing the instant death of a passenger and leaving the driver trapped but with not-serious injures.
Yesterday (Saturday) the police released some of their findings from the investigation into the crash. The car's driver, Robbie Gillespie, 44, caused the wreck by failing to yield the right of way to the emergency vehicle and crashing into the front right side of the firetruck. Gillespie had just been released from jail 48 hours before the crash.
The online news site The Inquisitr reported today:
Police noted that Gillsepie had been previously arrested for being under the influence of drugs and alcohol, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gillsepie’s passenger — 19-year-old aspiring model Evelyn Courtney — died in the Poway crash after she became trapped under the Honda.
Gillsepie was said to be a mentor and friend to Courtney. He was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Investigators found a broken alcohol bottle inside Gillespie’s car on the scene, but have not determined if drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash.
A POWAY, CALIFORNIA (San Diego County), ENGINE was involved in a vehicle crash with fatality early Thursday morning.
The engine was responding to a medical call just before 4 am Pacific when it collided with a private vehicle causing extensive damage to the car.
None of the firefighters was injured but one passenger in the car was killed. The driver had to be extricated by the FD and was transported with life-threatening injuries. An ambulance that was following the pumper to the call proceded on to the original destination while the FF's initiated treatment to the car's passenger.
Investigation is continuing into what caused the collision at the controlled intersection.
A CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA, FIRE ENGINE was involved in a vehicle accident Tuesday evening that resulted in six firefighters being injured (note: some reports say four FF's were on the engine).
The engine was responding to a fire call with its lights and siren activated when it collided with a tractor-trailer that was ahead of it and making a left turn. It is unclear from the sketchy and conflicting reports filed by the local news agencies if the engine struck the truck in the rear or in the side of the rear portion of the trailer. One of the reports says that the pumper was wrong-laning to clear traffic at the intersection when the truck began its turn.
Three (or five) of the firefighters were transported by ambulance for minor injuries while one FF was airlifted with serious injuries.
As of 9 am this morning the Georgia State Patrol had not issued any tickets or charges relating to the wreck which is still under investigation.
For a good variety of reports on the accident, click HERE, HERE, and HERE .
A HOUSTON, TEXAS, FIRE ENGINE was working an auto wreck on a freeway early Monday morning. As they were tending to a patient at the crash scene the engine which had all of its emergency lights on, was rear-ended by a Range Rover SUV with enough force to injure one of the firefighters.
The driver of the car was later identified as a former NFL player, Brian Iwuh. He was not wearing a seat belt, but he was injured and transported with non-life threatening injuries.
Twenty-nine-year-old Iwhu was born in Houston. He went to the University of Colorado and played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos.
Police said Iwhu was trapped and had to be cut out of his vehicle. He was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Iwhu could face charges, according to J.R. Roberts with the Houston Police Department.
"The DWI task force officer that's at the hospital will make a determination and present the case to the assistant district attorney," said Roberts.
A TOWER-LADDER TRUCK FROM THE Antwerp Fire Brigade in Belgium was responding to a chimney fire Monday evening around 7:40 pm when it collided with an articulated transit bus at an intersection.
According to news reports, both drivers tried to evade the crash, but the bus still grazed the firetruck in the rear side causing it to swerve and then roll over. By good fortune the truck narrowly missed crashing against a house, instead landing in the yard.
The truck had three firefighters on board, all of whom were injured. Two of them were not seriously hurt, but the third received a head injury and was hospitalized.
There were no passengers on the bus. The driver was uninjured.
This past Sunday an ambulance was struck by a tram at the same intersection.
Nieusblad has the STORY.
The fire brigade website 112 Antwerpen has more plus a 20-image photo gallery HERE.
An earlier photo of the Bronto Skylift that was involved
by Louis Van Looey, via 112Antwerpen
A PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FIRE & EMS engine was involved in a traffic accident early Wednesday morning that injured seven people, including four firefighters. One of the FF's is reported to be in critical condition.
Fire Department officials are saying that the West Lanham Hills Engine 828 was traveling on the Capital Beltway near Rte. 50 just before 3 am, returning from a call to an earlier accident, when it was rear-ended at speed by a tractor-trailer. The violent impact drove the pumper into the concrete lane barrier and caused both trucks to roll over. A third vehicle, a private SUV was also struck by the fire engine and it careened across the traffic lanes.
Chief Alicia Francis, spokeswoman for Prince George's County Fire and EMS, is on the scene and confirms four of the seven patients are firefighters. One of them has been taken to Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, which specializes in severe limb injuries. He is said to be in critical condition. The conditions of the other three firefighters at PG Trauma have been upgraded and may be released soon, says the fire chief.
According to Chief Francis, the driver of the tractor trailer and two victims from the Jeep were taken to Medstar. Right now the severity of the civilians' injuries are unknown.
WTTG-TV recently posted this video report from the scene:
A HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, FIRE ENGINE ended up on its side around 7:20 pm Central Friday after a small pickup truck broadsided it in a Houston suburb.
The engine from the Cloverleaf Volunteer Fire Department was on the street running an errand and not more than a block from the firehouse when the Dodge pickup blew through a stop sign with enough speed and force to knock the pumper onto its side.
The driver and passenger in the pickup were both heavily entrapped and had to be extricated before they were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The four firefighters were treated and released at the hospital.
KTRK-TV Ch. 13 posted this video report from the scene:
TWO FIRETRUCKS COLLIDED AT AN INTERSECTION Wednesday morning in Brooklyn, New York.
NY Post / Martinka
The crash left eleven firefighter injured, four seriously, including the engine driver who was unconscious and trapped in his cab. The New York Post continues:
The collision happened around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Avenue J and East 103rd Street in Canarsie, officials said. All of the injured firefighters were taken to Kings County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the FDNY said.
Engine 257 was traveling south on East 103rd, while Hook & Ladder 170 was motoring west on Avenue J, according to witnesses. The trucks swerved and collided in the middle of the intersection. Black skid marks showed where they hit.
Both trucks crashed through a brick wall of a two-family house at the corner. Truck 170 slammed into a parked yellow cab before going through the wall. The house itself escaped serious damage, other than a few busted [sic] windows.
Both units were responding to a smell-of-smoke call.
No further information has been released yet on the medical conditions of the injured. Firegeezer will update if any more info. is given out.
A WILLIAMSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, fire engine was stolen Tuesday afternoon and soon crashed into a ditch. County Sheriff Bennie Vick says that Kurtlewis Abels, 22, forcibly broke into the Williamson County Fire Protection District's Johnson City station and drove away in the firetruck. As he was driving along the highway a deputy happened to be behind him and witnessed the thief wrecking the truck.
Student Driver Abels
After quickly determining that the driver was not a member of the fire department, the deputy arrested him and took him into custody. He has been charged with Driving While License Suspended, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/ or Drugs and Theft of State Supported Property Over $100,000 in value.
The fire engine is less than a year old and is valued at $300,000. The fire chief believes it is probably a total loss.
A FIRE ENGINE FROM THE HILTER, GERMANY, Volunteer Fire Brigade lost its steering control Saturday morning and slammed into a wall of the Hilter town hall.
According to the police, the engine's driver lost control of the steering and the truck went directly across a traffic roundabout, then jumped the curb, went through a low stone wall and smashed into the building, luckily hitting it right in a former doorway.
All photos via Nord-West-Media
The crash was just 30 feet away from the police station that was occupied at the time. There were no injuries, but the early damage estimates exceed 400,000 euros. The firetruck has been written off as a total loss. There will be a complete investigation into the cause of the accident.
Update, 9:30 am Eastern: Alcohol said to be determining factor. Scroll down.
CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINE 62 was involved in a collision Tuesday evening around 6:23 pm that injured ten people including four firefighters. The engine was responding to a medical call when it approached an intersection and slowed to look for traffic. All cars in the intersection had stopped, so the pumper proceded into the intersection. Without warning or reason, one of the stopped cars suddenly started forward and pulled into the path of the fire engine causing a destructive collision as the engine T-boned the right side of the car.
The two adults and three children in the car were all trapped and had to be extricated. They were all transported in serious condition. A sixth passenger was only slightly injured. The four firefighters were also transported in good to fair condition.
Police are investigating and still trying to find out why the 18-yr.-old driver suddenly started driving the car when he did. The intersection is controlled by a 4-way stop sign. Some witnesses say that the engine had its lights on, but they did not hear the siren.
WLS-TV prepared this video report from the scene:
Chicago Tribune has the STORY.
The Sun-Times has more plus photos HERE.
Authorities say they suspect alcohol played a role in the collision between a Chicago fire truck and a carload of people in the Far South Side that injured 10 people.
None of the victims — including three children and four Chicago firefighters — suffered life-threatening injuries when the truck, responding to a fire call, collided with a mid-size sedan at Halsted and 128th streets, police said. A female passenger did suffer a broken neck, authorities said.
One source said the sedan's driver, a man, had a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit. A second source said police were seeking felony charges against the driver. Both sources requested anonymity because they weren't cleared to discuss the matter publicly.
A police spokesman said he was awaiting further information and declined to comment.
A NIPISSING TOWNSHIP (Ontario) VFD FIREFIGHTER died Wednesday morning when the fire engine he was driving went off the road and rolled over, trapping him in the wreckage.
Firefighter Paul Nelson, 21, of Callander was the only passenger in the truck that was responding to a working house fire. Ontario police say that the road conditions at the time were icy and covered with snow slush.
Nipissing Township Mayor Pat Haufe said the 21-year-old joined the fire department little more than a year ago. He said Nelson was eager to get involved and was a member of the community's fire committee.
Haufe said the township's thoughts and prayers are with Nelson's family. He said the tragedy has had a devastating and shocking impact on the entire community, particularly Nelson's fellow firefighters.
Nelson, who was alone in the pumper truck, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, about 35 kilometres west of Powassan. A portion of the highway was closed for most of the day.
The investigation into the cause of him leaving the roadway is still ongoing. The structure fire that had four FD's on the scene was a vacant house.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK, ENGINE 1 WAS INVOLVED in a vehicle collision while responding to an emergency call Monday night. The accident occurred at an intersection around 9:15 pm when a car traveling on the cross street ran into the engine which had its lights and siren activated.
The crash left the four firefighters with minor injuries as well as the driver of the car which was severely crumpled in the front end.
The firefighters immediately began first aid procedures on the civilian before they were all transported. One FF remained in the hospital overnight while the other three were released. However they will not be returning to work right away. The civilian also has non-life threatening injuries.
WIVB-TV prepared this video report from the scene:
The accident investigation is continuing this morning. No cause or charges have been decided yet.
A POTTERSVILLE FIRE COMPANY TANKER was destroyed Sunday when the Somerset County, New Jersey, truck overturned while responding to a brush fire. The tanker was participating in a multi-company drill Sunday morning when a mutual aid request was directed to it for a brush fire in a nearby township.
PVFC website photo
The driver, Lewis Moore, 47, along with a 16-yr.-old volunteer member responded to the call. The Courier News reports:
With the tanker’s overhead lights and siren activated, Moore said he was driving on Allen Road when he approached the intersection, ran a stop sign at a four-way stop and then "realized he was going too fast," the report indicated.
The tanker hit a bump in the roadway, causing the front end to become airborne, then started fishtailing out of control, ultimately tipping over onto the driver’s side in the opposite lane of travel, briefly rolling onto its roof and finally coming to a stop on the passenger’s side. A driver heading in the opposite direction at the time told authorities he managed to "narrowly drive around the truck" as it careened into his lane of travel, according to police.
Moore managed to radio a report of the accident to dispatch, and he and the juvenile passenger were transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for treatment of multiple scrapes and lacerations to their arms, authorities said.
The police report says that roadway damage marks indicated the truck was traveling 44 mph in the 35 mph zone (presumably while going through the stop-sign …. ed.). The police ticketed Moore for Careless Driving. The tanker is wrecked "beyond repair" according to Fire Chief Thomas Anderson. The two firefighters were treated for cuts and abrasions.
A FIREFIGHTER DRIVING A PUMPER to a training academy on Saturday morning was killed in a head-on crash. Lieutenant Frederic Jacob, 41, was alone and driving the truck to the class when the fire engine crashed head-on with a tractor trailer on a 2-lane highway near the town of Verosvres.
Lt. Frederic Jacob
The horrific crash completely demolished the entire front end of the firetruck and killed Lt. Jacob immediately.
The tractor cab of the transport truck was mostly demolished as well and the driver is in critical condition.
The police investigation is still continuing and there has been no announcement of what caused the collision.
Lt. Jacob was the commanding officer of the Gueugnon Fire Station and leaves a family of 2 children.
Creusot has the STORY. Le Journal has a 20-image photo gallery HERE.
A HAMBURG, GERMANY, FIRE ENGINE was involved in a heavy collision late Saturday night with an Audi automobile.
The crash occurred at an intersection when the firetruck struck the car on the driver's side door and the impact sent the crumpled car across the road into some bushes.
The driver of the car had to be extricated and was then transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the firetruck and the other FF in the front seat were both transported with minor injuries.
Nonstop News Service
The police have not yet determined what caused the crash. The fire company was responding to a fire alarm at a hospital that turned out to be a working fire.
RTN News has the STORY.
SH-PresseService has more plus additional photos HERE.
Nonstop News has a 9-image photo gallery HERE.
A DARWIN, AUSTRALIA, AIRPORT FOAM TRUCK was involved in a fatal accident Sunday morning while responding to a mutual aid call.
A major fire broke out in a warehouse in the suburb of Berrimah around 7 am Sunday and the fire officers on the scene requested a foam unit from the airport for assistance. The responding fire-rescue-crash truck was en route to the fire when it collided with an SUV at an intersection with a side road. Four people were in the car and two of them died on the scene, a man and a woman. A third passenger was seriously injured and the fourth had only minor injuries.
The major crash investigation team is onsite and still working to determine what caused the collision. The warehouse was gutted in the blaze and had burned out by 3 pm.
AN ODEN RIDGE VFD ENGINE went out of control in Morgan County, Alabama, Wednesday afternoon after sliding off the roadway while responding on a fire call. The truck first went off the pavement and took down a mailbox before the 18-yr.-old driver overcorrected and sailed across the road and into a house, coming to rest partly in the living room.
Nobody was home at the time except for a startled exterminator who called the owner to tell her what happened. WHNT-TV tells,
Homeowner Rita Williamson found out about the crash from (the exterminator).
"He called me and said don't get upset. That is always a red flag that something bad has happened. He said a fire truck just went through your house," said Williamson.
Williamson and her son rushed home to see it for themselves.
WAFF-TV Ch. 48 filed this brief video report:
There was only one other passenger in the firetruck, another teenager. Both of them had their seatbelts on and received minor injuries. They were treated and released.
Firegeezer adds that close look at the photo suggests there may have been a rollover as well. One of the neighbors claimed that the truck had "flipped," but no statement has been made by either the FD or the sheriff's office.
A ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, ENGINE COLLIDED with an automobile Sunday morning while responding to a house fire. Engine 16 was just a half-block from the 1st-due working fire when it met up with the car at an intersection.
Four other companies were also on the call and the next-in unit was only a few seconds behind. Rochester firetrucks are equipped with traffic signal pre-emption devices that will turn the lights to green favoring the engine's path. It is not yet established whether that was used or which street had the red signal, but no tickets were issued by the police.
WHAM-TV Ch.13 has a video report:
The fire was cooking-related in a basement kitchen and was extinguished in 25 minutes.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has the STORY.
A VINCENNES, INDIANA, FIRE DEPARTMENT TRUCK collided with a Knox County EMS ambulance Sunday afternoon while they were both responding to the same call. The accident occurred around 2:30 pm and both units had their lights and sirens activated.
When the approached the intersection of 6th and Hart Streets, they did not see each other until too late to react. The hard collision did extensive damage to both vehicles and sent five people to the hospital with a variety of non-life threatening injuries.
WTHI-TV Ch. 10 provided this video report:
Later the police reported that the fire truck had the red light and ran through it.
Firefighter Close Calls is reporting that all injured personnel were released from care and everybody on both rigs were wearing their seatbelts. Read their report with more photos HERE.
BUFFALO (New York) ENGINE 32 COLLIDED WITH a passenger vehicle while on the way to a vacant house fire this morning. The alarm was dispatched at 5:38 am for what was the 2nd vacant house fire the BFD worked during the night.
The four firefighters were all transported for observation but it has not been reported if the driver of the car was injured.
WIVB-TV filed this video report a short while ago: